Distracted Driving, Your Cell Phone Can Harm You!

Distracted Driving, Your Mobile Phone Can Harm You!

It's no secret that mobile phones have increased in popularity among nearly everyone on this planet. Landlines are essentially for the office and a few households, and with the spike in cell phone or smartphones usage, the cell phones find their way into driver's hands. This problem is nothing new, but as texting becomes an even more popular means of communication, so does the dangers of doing both while driving.

What are some of the dangers of texting/talking while driving and what are the steps being taken to moderate or outright ban the vice?

Let's start with some of the problems of texting/talking while driving.

Shifts Focus

There's nothing more apparent than the fact that talking or texting on the phone detracts a significant percentage of brain waves from the road. Depending on the nature of the conversation and how engaged the driver is with the person on the other end, it's safe to assume the percentage of focus is reduced even more.

Texting 

Over the years, texting has been responsible for a number of car accidents for obvious reasons. For one, texting requires you to look at your phone, confirm who you're texting to, what's being typed and so on. Those split seconds of taking your eyes away from the open road can cause you to swerve or drift into other lanes unknowingly. Secondly, some people naturally try to text with both hands, leaving the steering wheel at risk or trying to makeshift control the wheel with between their knees. This is far and away one of the most hazardous ways of controlling a vehicle.

Endangers Yourself And Others

Couple the shift in focus and disregard of the road for a text and it becomes known that cell phones are a hazard for the well-being of yourself and other drivers on the road. Many times, accidents stem from stop lights and/or stop signs where a driver is texting while slowing down but doesn't properly account for the space at which to brake at. Fender benders are common in this scenario. Although, the most at-risk driving space for cell phones has to be the highway because with such high speeds, the space at which cars can fully brake becomes longer than under normal speeds, making reaction time all the more important.

So, just how exactly is the problem being tended to? Well on one end, lawmakers are pushing to make every state enforce bans on talking or texting while driving. Some states such as California and other major traffic states have already done so. They've limited drivers to be able to talk only as long as they are wearing a Bluetooth headset or have the phone synchronized into the car itself. The loss of focus is there, but it's minimized in the sense that both hands are allowed to be on the wheel. I'm sure as the years pass and technology goes even further, vehicles and cell phones will find even safer ways to handle in-car conversations, whether it's car sensors alerting possible dangers ahead and other signals.

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